A classification used for a wide range of alternative rock acts, some of which have metal roots, some of which have rap elements, and some of which are really hard rock. This term was used by the media to define these acts back when they first started coming out after the alternative craze so they could be classified in the same genre, even though they don't really sound much alike. In reality, there is no such genre as nu metal, as every band that could be said to be in this genre really belongs to another. For example, Linkin Park is rap metal or rapcore (and really their latest stuff is just rock) while Disturbed is more Alternative Metal.

Metalheads will often complain about how much nu metal sucks but they really shouldn't because there is no such genre. Better stick to hating individual bands.
If you think Linkin Park and Disturbed are both nu metal, you're fucking insane.
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A genre of music used to classify all bands any person does not like.
Person 1: Slipknot, Metallica, and Black Sabbath suck...
Person 2: Yeah, I really hate nu-metal too.
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Nu-metal, or mallcore, is NOT, I repeat is NOT what metal is now, despite what the pop fans and MTV followers will tell you. Mallcore fans please stop trying to fit in, you're not metalheads.
Metal fans= average guys and girls, have lives, go to metal showa
Mallcore fans= teenie boppers whining about how life sucks
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Children jumping up and down to 3 or 4 funny bar chords. And the children can't play lead...HA! Don't send a child to do a mans job. Bring back REAL METAL W/LEAD!
MYV & VH1's Dumbed Down Funny Children Hopping Videos..HA!
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1) nu-metal is an aggressive and raw subculture of metal which generally fuses influences from grunge, hip-hop, alt-rock, and electronic sounds usually with thrash and groove metal.

2) A name used by intolerant and ignorant fucktards who feel the need to slap labels on music in order to descriminate against things they don't like. Usually done by metal n00bs, pretenders and tryhards.

3) A kind of metal with lots of variety, all bands in the genre suffering from the bad reputation of few of them.

Slipknot, Korn, Limp Bizkit and Disturbed (as well as others) are often called so.

1) dude1: "Disturbed is pretty good, but some of their music is a bit strange."
dude2: "Yeah, Nu-Metal can be like that."

2) metalhead: "Man, I love Mudvayne, Pantera, Slipknot and Metallica."
cockfag: "lolzors. wtf wrong wit yo n00b? Slipknot iz totaly Nu-Metal. You r stoopid and ghey."

3) "Limp Bizkit is basically rap, but Slipknot is metal to the core."
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a rather large shit...rather large indeed.
dude..i did a massive nu-metal..um..can i borrow a plunger?
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A genre of music witch was brought in the 1990's. The music consisted of a mix between rock and rap.
Greatest Nu-Metal band ever = Rage Against the Machine
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